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Understanding the healthcare needs of Sudanese refugee women settling in Australia

Peters, L, Bourke, SL, Green, JA, Johnson, E, Anish, L and Jones, LK ORCID: 0000-0002-2116-8545 2020 , 'Understanding the healthcare needs of Sudanese refugee women settling in Australia' , Clinical Nursing Studies, vol. 8, no. 2 , pp. 40-46 , doi: 10.5430/cns.v8n2p40.

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Objective: Explore the healthcare needs of Sudanese refugee women settling in Australia.Background: Refugees from Sudan are the fastest growing community in Australia. Nurses who care for people from the Sudanwill be required to be familiar with the needs of this emerging community and offer culturally competent and safe care.Methods: Integrative review of the literature.Results: Sudan is one of the countries in Africa where the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), cutting or circumcision isconsidered a social norm. This is a deeply rooted traditional cultural practice that is still prevalent in many developing countries.Healthcare professionals in Australia are ill equipped to care for women and children who have undergone this procedure. Thispaper explores the Sudanese refugee community in Shepparton, Victoria to explore the nursing considerations caring for womenaffected by FGM within the Australian health care context.Conclusions: There is a need for more education in undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional education on thehealthcare needs of women who have undergone female genital mutilation in order to provide appropriate care and support forthese women.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Peters, L and Bourke, SL and Green, JA and Johnson, E and Anish, L and Jones, LK
Keywords: female genital mutilation, cultural safety, Sudan rufugees, nurse, midwife
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Nursing Studies
Publisher: Sciedu Press
ISSN: 2324-7940
DOI / ID Number: 10.5430/cns.v8n2p40
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